Mobile Monday #1
Monday is all about mobile and today’s headlines are focused on two particular stories. The first tidbit that comes from TechCrunch provides data on how Android has gained and surpassed iOS in the global market, though slower in US than Europe and Asia. Samsung appears to be leading the charge as they continue to peck and nip at Apple. Meanwhile, I can hear much gnashing of teeth among Apple fanboys as they gird up and take positions on the forum frontlines across the blogosphere to defend their flag in the Android-iOS wars. RIM’s Blackberry is predictably headed to join Palm in the dustbin while Windows continues its slow and steady climb. I suspect we’ll see Windows really taking a good chunk of market share in the next couple of years as they continue to quietly innovate.
But the big news hit me in the face this morning on my Firefox start page with the announcement of the first commercial shipments of Firefox OS via animated graphic. Yes, I’m stoked it’s finally out. Yes, I’m a fan. I’ve been closely following the HTML5 based OS development along with a simulator on my desktop, testing my mobile sites and generally playing with the clean, minimally-designed interface. Is there room for yet another major mobile OS? Four seems to be a manageable number, and with RIM on the way out, this could be the vacuum quickly filled by Firefox OS. There’s lots of room for developers in the apps marketplace at this time, but should fill quickly as the web-to-app development process appears to be fairly simple. Tapping into the Facebook and Twitter network, ThunderClap is being used to help get the word out.
In the open source arena, Mozilla stands a really good fighting chance against Google, especially when it comes to the favorable reputation and mostly positive global perception of the foundation vs. Google’s own corporate PR woes. Particularly in light of the ongoing PRISM saga in which Mozilla and Firefox have so far managed to remain unmentioned. Mozilla continues to work closely with the EFF to guard and champion online privacy and offers some of the best browser add-ons and plugins to help users surf safely and anonymously online.